Activists Demand Harvard Rescind Fellowship for Former Michigan Governor

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (Detroit Regional Chamber, Flickr).

Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is facing backlash on social media after announcing former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was chosen as a senior research fellow. Activists have launched an email campaign and an online petition to express outrage over the appointment.

“Governor Snyder brings his significant expertise in management, public policy, and promoting civility to Harvard Kennedy School,” Jeffrey Liebman, director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, said in a statement. “We are excited that he will be joining the Taubman Center and confident that he will bring tremendous value to us and our students.”

However, critics pointed to Snyder’s role in the Flint Water Crisis as a reason not to give him the fellowship. Snyder was responsible for appointing the state officials who switched Flint’s water source to a polluted one as a cost-saving measure…

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  • Bert van Aalsburg

    Are you BS-ing me? “Governor Snyder brings his significant expertise in management, public policy, and promoting civility to Harvard Kennedy School.”

    The management expertise that resulted in the current Flint water crisis. The management expertise that devolved Detroit into what it is today. The management expertise that made a sweetheart deal with Nestle to bottle the water of the Great Lakes and ship it beyond the GL watershed. The management expertise that moved him to renew a contract for the Enbridge Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. (And we all know Enbridge’s record of maintenance on their oil pipelines.)

    I wonder how much Snyder paid for that glowing appraisal from the Taubman Center.

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